OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — A deaf driver was beaten by police on the side of the highway when he was unable to understand and comply with their verbal commands.
Pearl Pearson, 64, was stopped by Oklahoma Highway Patrol after he allegedly left the scene of a minor accident on January 3rd, 2014.
A website set up on behalf of Pearson explains the events.
“Pearl pulled over and rolled down his window, expecting an officer to ask for [his] identification,” the website states. “An officer struck him in the face before Pearl had the chance to do anything. As you can see, he was struck multiple times.”
Pearson suffers from diabetes and is hearing impaired. His driver’s side door has a placard that reads, “Driver is deaf,” as does his driver’s license.
An affidavit claims that he refused to comply with repeated orders from police to display his hands, and that he resisted arrest. A seven minute altercation took place, according to KFOR-4 News.
The website in Pearson’s name states that he does not know why he was struck. His own own son and son-in-law are police officers. “He respects law enforcement and knows how to respond when pulled over,” the website states. “There is no reason for someone like Pearl to be hurt like this by those who are meant to protect and serve.”